February 2009

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HP Water Management: Cost-cutting in water utilities

The decline in the price for crude and finished products, especially transportation fuels, has reduced profitability for many refiners. In response to the harsh economic environment, many refineries h..

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

The decline in the price for crude and finished products, especially transportation fuels, has reduced profitability for many refiners. In response to the harsh economic environment, many refineries have delayed, downsized or canceled capital projects, accelerated turnarounds and outages for maintenance and de-rated or idled operating units. As operating budgets tighten, the obvious question is: "How can we reduce operating costs?" We will investigate several opportunities to lower operating costs with minimal capital investment. Efficiency of fired and waste-heat boilers. Most fired boilers have automated blowdown control using online conductivity analyzers, and plant personnel should opt

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